Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I'm undertaking postgrad research on exactly the kinds of situation that you describe - women in developed countries who have been abused and trafficked since childhood by family members.
It's not a common experience of abuse but nor is it unheard of - a significant proportion of the caseloads of domestic violence shelters and sexual assault services are made up of women and children trying to escape from organised groups of sexual offenders.
I'm sorry to hear about your son and wife and I hope that some resolution can be found for your friends situation as well. This form of abuse is extremely difficult to resolve via the police or the courts, simply because it is poorly understood, and because the justice system is not set up to investigate any form of sexual violence, let alone complex forms.
If you want to discuss this further, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a comment I got this morning.Very nice!;)